Banfora Burkina Faso Banfora, Burkina Faso, West Africa Friday, September 14, 2007
I am in Banfora, Burkina Faso and so far so bad, 100 percent followed without stop from the Rakieta bus stop to my hotel La Paix. This is not an easy city to understand from the window of a bus. I almost walked back into the bus station to get on a bus for Gaoua, Burkina Faso, but just too far at around 1:00 PM.
I was continually dogged by two different men, one an obnoxious overbearing as normal Rasta Man who I was inches from smacking. The other more polite one said bye bye and then followed, said bye bye and followed or stood above me. I do not get pressured, I sat down on a cement public utility and looked around, just at the entrance to the market next to a Shell Station. I was trying to wait them out, normally they are too lazy to sit and watch a person, I purchased a sachet of water from a little girl and asked directions to one hotel. The boy over-heard and jumped back in, what an annoying group tourist hecklers Burkina Faso has. The good part is there are tourist in Burkina Faso, many French girls with boy in tow, but nonetheless there are tourist, this is a good sign for the economy, there is interest in the country. The pain in the butt Rasta men really are worthless types, and leeches.
I have not took a nap, laid around, I hope the two outside the Hotel La Paix waiting for me have left the restaurant areas. The Hotel is ok, but 3000 CFA overpriced as normal at 6000 CFA. It is siesta time and most of the too lazy to work boys fall asleep anywhere. I will go an walk around see if I can find any reason to stay here. The town has cut down most of the trees, not a good idea in the Sahel.